June 29, 2012
Natalya Pinchuk, the wife of Ales Bialiatski, filed a complaint with the Corrections Department at the Ministry of Internal Affairs regarding the decision of the prison administration at Bobruisk Penal Colony to punish her husband for violating internal procedures.
Natalya Pinchuk told Radio Svaboda: “I recently learned why Ales received his most recent punishment that deprived him of long-term visits and gave him the classification of “habitual offender”—he allegedly fell asleep during the day, which they consider a significant violation. But it turns out that Ales is taking blood pressure medication that causes drowsiness. This medication was officially prescribed to him by a doctor at the colony because he is having more problems with his health. So Ales is now faced with a dilemma. Should he take the medicine and risk falling asleep again or should he stop taking the medicine and risk worsening health? After all, we know that blood pressure problems tend to become worse unless steps are taken.”
Natalya Pinchuk is asking for a lighter punishment for her husband. The Corrections Department accepted Pinchuk’s complaint and told her that she would receive a response in 15 days.